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   Posted 5/4/2010 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
When you were young, did you have family chores? What were they and which was your least favorite? Were they divided up fairly? Or do you feel you were dumped on?

I was raised in a very sexist world...the 'Leave it to Beaver' Girls played with dolls and boys played with trains and models. I made sure my kids didn't get that treatment and when it came to chores they were non sexist. But, when the chores were doled out for me and my brother, I always got the dishes and he had to take out the trash. Most often he didn't do it and wasn't make to either. He was a stinker and troublemaker and gave mom and dad fits. But he rarely had to do any chores. On Saturday we cleaned house before anything else. I always had the bathroom and cleaned floors. I have no idea what my brother was supposed to do. I never did see him join in. He's nearly 3 years older than I am and to this day he's not And' he's retired! Hope he hires someone to clean those dishes since he's been single most of his life.

With my own kids I made a list of chores and each weekend we'd rotate who got to choose first. That way I wasn't making them do the chores, they were choosing the chore they'd prefer. So then it was NO complaining!

What chores did you have to do as a child and were they fair?
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   Posted 5/5/2010 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't have set chores. We just pitched in and did what needed to be done when it needed to be done. With my kids, we have certain jobs that each kid does. We gave the kids the list, and they figured out who did what. They seem to think it's fair. There are other jobs that I need help with, and they take turns. It works for us.
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   Posted 5/5/2010 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I was raised on a farm, and from the time I was eight years old I had chores, that consisted of feeding Cattle, Horses, and Hogs. Every day 7 days a week, not once with a break to go play and forget about responsibility.

I would not have changed a thing either! :)

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   Posted 5/5/2010 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
My sister and I had an equal share of chores for the most part - keep our rooms clean, wash/dry the dinner dishes, and we did our own laundry. The one chore I ended up doing that I resented was having to cut the lawn - my sister was allergic to grass and trees and all that, so she was exempt.

We had quite large lawns both front and back. The front yard was two sections, including a sloping top and the back yard was on two levels. It would easily take me 2 hours to do it all and I absolutely hated it...mostly because my sister wasn't given anything extra to do inside to compensate. My dad was also quite particular that the lawns be cut a certain way, so needless to say, lawn mowing day was not the happiest time for me.

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